Idaho Senate to decide on three debt questions
BOISE, Idaho: On March 10, 2010, the Senate State Affairs Committee approved three proposed debt amendments that may appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Idaho as legislatively-referred constitutional amendments. This leaves the final step of a Senate vote to place any or all on the ballot. If the Idaho State Senate approves any of the measures with a two-thirds vote, they will be placed on the ballot for voter approval. The three measures were first passed by the Idaho House of Representatives in February 2010.
The airport debt amendment would allow airports in the state to take on debt for endeavors that would improve facilities, equipment and acquisitions such as real property. The hospital debt amendment would allow public medical facilities, including hospitals, to enter debt in order to upgrade facilities, including buying new technological equipment, acquiring new property for enhanced medical care and constructing improved resources. Finally, the power amendment would allow power producing cities in the state to reserve bonds in order to increase power capacity.
- Idaho Reporter, "Constitutional amendments on debt face Senate vote," March 10, 2010
- Idaho Reporter, "House panel approves hospital debt plan," February 17, 2010
- KTVB.com, "House backs measure to help hospitals take on debt," February 23, 2010
- Local News 8, "Legislators Push to Lift Airport Expansion Restrictions," February 15, 2010
- Bloomberg Business Week, "Idaho House panel backs amendment to help cities," February 22, 2010
- Idaho Legislature, "House Joint Resolution 4"